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This was the first in the Dollars trilogy that rewrote the Western genre, made a star out of Clint Eastwood and booked director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone's places as legends in film making history.

Eastwood plays a drifter who blows into a border town at war with itself. Two families, each with major criminal interests control of the town and their rivalry has spilt a lot of blood. Eastwood's man with no name sets himself up in the middle, playing the families off against each other and managing to make a profit from the chaos. He's got more of a motive than money though, and along the way helps a young family terrorised by one of the family's.

Eastwood played a new type of hero - cunning, fast on the draw and on the lookout for number one. Along with Leone's gritty and realistic direction, showing the West for the brutal and grimy place it really was this must have been a shock to cinema goers of the mid sixties. Added into the mix is Morricone's innovative and catching score. Nothing like it had been heard before, and it is essential to the film setting the mood and punctuating the action.

This special edition is a real treat. The picture has been lovingly restored and is presented in the correct widescreen format. The colours shine through gloriously. The soundtrack has had similar treatment and is here in 5.1 surround. It sounds superb. There is a whole host of extras, a fascinating commentary by Christopher Frayling, documentaries about the film and restoration, and a short `introduction' filmed for the TV transmission so as to give Eastwood's character a moral motive for his actions. The presentation really does the film justice and I cannot recommend it highly enough. A great film and a great presentation. 5 stars with no hesitation.
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on 11 April 2013
This is THE original spaghetti-western. Not the first euro/italian western, but it was so good that it sparked it own subgenre, the spaghetti-western. Actually a remake of a Kurosawa movie, it is hard to imagine that it was made on a budget of only 200 000$. Basic story is good, acting is perfect and this is a movie you absolutely have to see at least once, if you want to contribute to any discussion of movies.

Highly recommended, just get it if you don't have it already!
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VINE VOICEon 25 June 2007
Fistfull of Dollars, introduced us to Sergio Leone's masterpiece that were Spaghetti Westerns. It also made clint Eastwood a star, and would lead to two extremely successful follow ups, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

It introduced the world to Sergio Leone's sharp directing and fondness for extreme close ups, often copied since, but never really bettered.

Clint Eastwood stars as the man with no name, a remake of an old japaneese film called Yojimbo. Clint is perfectly cast as the clever gunslinger as a man of actions rather than words. Here, he plays two gangs off against each other, which all climaxes in a wonderfully memorable scene which reveals the full extent of Clint's cunning.

Deliciously topped off with Ennino Morricone's haunting score, Fistfull of Dollars is a wonderful film, bettered only slightly by its sequal and the third film, the sprawling epic which was The Good the Bad and the Ugly.

If you've seen the other films, it is well worth adding these to your collection, as its Clint in one of his best loved roles, and certainly his most iconic. (Only Dirty Harry would prove to be as equally iconic as the spaghetti western trilogy.)

So add to your collection and relive the golden era of spaghetti westerns at their finest!
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on 3 December 2009
This 1964 movie was the first of the three Leone films with Clint Eastwood. It stands the test of time well,and has everything you expect from a Sergio Leone film: stark dry landscapes, haunting theme music,and moments of humour to break up the tension. The violence is brutal,but no where near to the harshness of a Sam Peckinpah-type shoot out. This special edition is loaded with interesting and revealing extras. A very good buy.
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on 21 August 2014
The film that started of the man with no name trilogy Clint Eastwood as the man with no name rides into a sleepy Mexican town ruled by two rival families. Seeing an oppertunity to make some money he guns down four of one of the families gunslingers. then offers his sevices to the rival family.with a few twists and turns in the plot and plenty of gunslinging action a great western.
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on 1 October 2010
A Fistful of Dollars is a very good film and provided the template for the Spaghetti Western genre. Clint Eastwood is the main protaganist in the role that made him famous as the anti-hero 'Man with No Name'. The plot is very good with a Mexican town divided between two rival gangs and the 'Man with No Name' playing them off against each other. All in all a very good film.
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on 12 January 2002
Made in 1964, 'A Fistful of Dollars' together with 'For a Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly', introduced a new kind of hero, in a new type of setting. From the moment The Man With No Name rode into the small town of San Miguel on his mule, it was clear to audiences all over the world that a new style of western had been created. Directed by Sergio Leone, and adapted from the samurai film 'Yojimbo', this film would influence generations to come.
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on 24 January 2015
A story about a wanderer who pits two rival gangs against each other to his own profit. Based on a Japanese drama, Yojimbo, which was also adapted less successfully into a Bruce Willis vehicle - Last man standing.

Despite the 'spaghetti' label there is nothing cheap about the drama. Gripping and entertaining throughout.
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on 21 January 2004
If you like westerns then there is only one message I need to give you about this film. BUY IT NOW. This film, along with the others in the series ('For a Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'), created a new level of western which has only been matched by a few other classics. Sergio Leone (director) creates a drifter who is one of the most charismatic characters I have ever seen and has selected a perfect cast to compliment an incredible script.
Anyone who sees 'For a Fistful of Dollars' will be unable to deny that Clint Eastwood was born to star in this film. He makes the entire film become not only believable but alive with pure style. The dialogue is excellent and well presented throughout erasing any doubt that this is one of the great westerns of all time. From the moment this film begins till the time the final showdown takes place you won't be able to look away making this film a very worthy buy on DVD.
In conclusion there can only be two reasons to not buy this product. Either you already own the DVD or you intend to buy the box set of the entire series. If neither of these apply then but this film now.
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on 31 August 2015
The First Of Three Great Westerns That MadeThe Name For Morricone And Clint Eastwood.This One Is Restored To Its former Glory.
Its Still Fantastic to see some of the shooting scenes in the end of the movie,that turned this one to a Classic
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